I wanted to take a week break from our series on the state budget to host a timely guest blogger. CV public relations/grant writing specialist Adam Aurand penned a column in the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s April newsletter (see page 5) on “The Benefits of Business-Education Partnerships.” The piece, reprinted below, outlines the ways in which Conestoga Valley is a leader in pursuing alternative revenues and community partnerships.
A paradox of these economic times is that the perceived “value” of education has never been greater—or more controversial. Politicians prod schools to transform curriculum and prepare students for the “jobs of tomorrow,” while many employers report a dearth of job applicants with the skills they need to hire today.
Lapp Electric’s partnership with Conestoga Valley School District is an example of how local businesses can work with schools to develop a workforce with the skills needed for a modern economy. Read the rest of this entry »